Survival Guide – Model Shoots – Asia Edition

As a model it’s always great to be prepared whether it’s your first shoot or your hundredth. No matter whether you’re a professional model or simply giving it a go, it’s a great idea to have a checklist so you’re ready for your next shoot. Not in any particular order here are some items you should take with you:

Essentials – What to Bring to a Shoot

  • Bottle of Water – It’s important to stay hydrated no matter the weather. Most jobs will provide something to drink but always a good idea to bring your own just in case. Drink in moderation! Some outfits are hard to get out off, so showing your “I really need to pee” look is not ideal for the camera.
  • Nude Underwear – Even if you are not asked to wear this, do as it can be a lifesaver. If you are not sure what outfit you will be wearing it’s always a good idea to wear a nude coloured underwear and strapless bra. Black underwear can be seen under light coloured garments and white can be seen under see-through/mesh material.

    Nude Strapless Bra – Image:

  • Snacks – Shoots can run long, so if you’re someone who likes to snack it’s always good to bring snacks with you. Try something healthy and it will keep you going such as nuts or cereal bars. I always like to have something to snack on and find mixed nuts a good choice. Although there will be days where Pocky is a must 😀 but remember some things can get stuck in your teeth!

    Pocky is the Answer - Snacks

    Pocky is the Answer – Snacks – Image by me

  • Heels/Shoes – This is not always a necessity but if you’re someone who has larger feet than the average Asian person you might find shoes in this region in short supply so bring your own heels! Sometimes it’s unavoidable to have to squeeze your feet into a size too small but if you’re allowed you can wear your own heels that will mean a more comfortable time for you ☺. Also bring some flats to give your feet a rest while getting makeup/hair done.
  • Makeup Remover/Wipes – After a long day with numerous looks you might end up with the craziest look right at the end (neutral makeup comes first and crazy makeup is always left to last) so if you’re not someone who’s confident to do the model walk of shame (go home from the shoot in full makeup/hair) then take some wipes to remove the evidence. In my experience most makeup artists are ok with you borrowing their remover at the end of the shoot but carrying your own is better so you don’t feel guilty using up their supplies.

    Cucumber Wipes Boots – My Fave – Image:

  • White/Black Strap Top (singlet) – I always think it’s best to bring either a black or white strap top. It comes in handy especially when you don’t know what you’re going to be wearing on the day. Sometimes clothes may not fit the right way, or it needs something underneath to look more complete (depending on the design/designer). Or even just wearing it when you get hair/makeup done.
  • Wear a Top Easy to Change Out of – When you get hair and makeup done you may not be asked to put on the outfit first, so you’ll be in your own clothes. It’s important to wear a top that either buttons up or has a wide neck so it’s easy to remove after hair/makeup is done. It’s not fun trying to extract a slim neckline top over a very wide hair-do whilst trying not to get your makeup everywhere and end up looking like The Joker from Batman.

    The Joke – Image:

  • Fight the Boredom – Some shoots/commercial run long and there maybe some downtime in the middle of the shoot. You don’t want to be caught twiddling your thumbs and being bored stiff. Bring a book/homework/iPad/mp3 player or just your phone to keep you entertained when there is no one to talk to.
  • Eye Drops – Keep your eyes looking fresh by bringing along some eye drops. I wear contact lenses that always make my eyes dry really fast so eye drops keep me from blinking too much. After you shoot for a while, the lights can make your eyes a bit dry and tired so this is handy for a quick pick me up to have with you.

    Blink Intensive Tears Eye Drops – Image:

  • A Good Attitude and You’re A-Game! – I know this isn’t something you can pack into a bag but equally important. Going in with a good attitude will definitely make a difference. If you stay positive you will have a great experience. It helps the job move faster/smoother. Acting like a diva is a misconception to model behaviour, it doesn’t get you anywhere especially in Asia. So bring your game, the client will be impressed meaning higher possibility of more jobs in future.

Optional/Situational Based:

  • Sun Lotion/Block – If you have a shoot outside it’s important to protect your skin. Shooting at the beach is an easy way to get sun burnt or even if your skin isn’t prone to going red in the sun it’s a good idea to protect it from the UVA/UVB rays. Apply before you get on location and reapply throughout the day. No one wants strange shaped tan lines especially with some more avant-garde outfits.
  • Swimsuit/Bikini – If you have a shoot at the beach or swimming pool you may want to bring your own bikini. If it’s not for a swimwear brand, you can always bring your own just in case the one provided isn’t the right fit or for another option. Your own bikini is one you feel comfortable wearing meaning you’ll feel more confident.
  • Scarf/Shawl – Shooting indoor does shield you from the elements but in many hot countries air-con is your indoor enemy. In studios with central air-cons the temperature cannot be adjusted in one single room meaning brrrrr! Take a light shawl/scarf to be on the safe-side, you never know when it might come in handy.
  • Travel Sized Pillow – I remember a few jobs where locations were an hour or two away meaning a long mini van journey. For your own comfort or a chance to catch a cheeky kip bring a small pillow for the journey.

Feel I’ve left something out? Got a handy tip for shoots? Let me know by leaving a comment ☺.

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